Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2010 Ford Edge VS 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Near Goodyear, AZ

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2010 Ford Edge

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The Edge’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Equinox doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the Edge and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Equinox doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a 150 amp alternator. The Equinox’s standard 120 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a 600 amp battery. The Equinox only offers a standard 525 amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge first among midsize multi-activity vehicles in their 2009 Initial Quality Study. The Equinox isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 9th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 83 more horsepower (265 vs. 182) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 174) than the Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 223) than the Equinox’s optional 3.0 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Edge

Equinox 4 cyl.

Equinox V6

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.8 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

10.7 sec

9.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.7 sec

7.3 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

18 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

79.8 MPH

84.1 MPH

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Equinox (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (265/40R22 vs. 235/55R18).

The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Equinox’s largest wheels are only 19 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (38.6 feet vs. 40 feet). The Edge’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (38.6 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (7.9 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (108.3 vs. 99.6).

The Edge has .2 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, 5 inches more rear hip room and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 31.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (69 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Equinox doesn’t offer power folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Equinox’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Equinox doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception.

The Edge’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Equinox’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Edge’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Edge and the Equinox offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Edge has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Equinox doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

An optional built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Edge’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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